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Robin Miller, Tony Kanaan, and more hit Indiana State Fair (VIDEO)

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One of the annual highlights of the Verizon IndyCar Series unofficial “summer break” between Mid-Ohio and Pocono is Robin Miller and Tony Kanaan’s annual trip to the Indiana State Fair.

Miller, an NBCSN contributor and Kanaan, a 20-year IndyCar veteran, continued their tradition together this year. Among those who also joined in included Conor Daly, a native Hoosier from Noblesville, Ind., and two more NBCSN IndyCar pit reporters in Katie Hargitt and Anders Krohn.

You can see the shenanigans above.

 

Robin Miller, David Letterman talk race life and the TV world (VIDEO)

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LEXINGTON, Ohio – You never know when David Letterman will show up at a race track but considering the late night legend’s love affair with car racing, it’s still not a surprise when the Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing co-owner does so.

Naturally, then, it was only fitting to see the man whose beard has jokingly been referred to as a “Santa beard,” given its huge length, appear at a race where Honda Racing put on a “Christmas in July” camping theme and had Santa Claus making the rounds at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

NBCSN pit reporter Robin Miller had the chance to catch up with Letterman during the pre-race show for today’s Honda Indy 200, and you can view that clip below.

In this clip, they discuss the former late night host’s son, parenting, and unemployment.

Graham Rahal, driver of the No. 15 Steak ‘n Shake Honda, then ended fourth in today’s race after attempting to defend his win.

Letterman was also at Detroit and Indianapolis this year, among other appearances. You can watch an interview he did with NBC News’ Tom Brokaw – “On Assignment” – below, which features a small IndyCar presence.

Dave Hollander, CART/Champ Car safety icon, passes away

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Dave Hollander was a mountain of a man with a rough edge, but with a kind heart.

And when it came time to take care of his “kids” – otherwise known as CART drivers – there were few that were better than Hollander at making sure a driver left a track the way he got there: safely.

Hollander, one of the anchors of CART’s on-track safety team for a quarter-century, passed away Friday at the age of 66 after a battle with cancer, according to a story on Racer.com by Robin Miller.

Hollander, whose day job was that of a New Jersey firefighter, piloted his safety truck at racetracks all over the world just like a fire truck.

He strived to be the first on the scene and jumped out countless of times to make sure a driver was okay – and if not, to begin taking care of the injured driver.

“Dave was one of a kind,” former CART safety director Lon Bromley told Miller. “He was very dedicated to the safety team and he always thought of the drivers first. He always wanted the best for them.”

Hollander was with CART and then Champ Car from 1979 until 2007, when the latter-named sanctioning body folded.

Hollander worked virtually every CART/Champ Car race in the U.S. and abroad during that time. He and his team have been credited numerous times for helping to save the lives of several drivers in near-fatal wrecks, including Alex Zanardi and Cristiano da Matta.

Wally Dallenbach, who formed CART’s original safety team in 1979 with Dr. Steve Olvey, remembers Hollander, who was one of his first hires for the team, fondly.

“He was a true soldier, always about helping other people,” Dallenbach told Miller. “I called him every couple weeks and he had that same gravely laugh and he was fighting the good fight. Dave was a special guy, one of the best too.”

Click here to read Robin Miller’s great tribute to Hollander.

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NBCSN IndyCar reporter Robin Miller “dunked” by Tony Kanaan (VIDEO)

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Today’s on-track events at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway are done, but there’s still lots of activity in and around the Brickyard.

In addition to tonight’s “Rev” charity cuisine event inside the Speedway grounds, nearby Main Street in Speedway, Indiana is hosting the “Festival on Main.” Also a charity event, the Festival is featuring, among other things, appearances from multiple Verizon IndyCar Series drivers and a celebrity dunk tank.

One of those celebrities that’s already been dunked tonight is none other than NBCSN’s own IndyCar reporter, Robin Miller – and doing the honors was none other than the reigning Indy 500 winner, Tony Kanaan.

The event not only made the 6 p.m. news in Indianapolis, but also got tweeted out by Marshall Pruett of RACER Magazine, another outlet that Miller contributes to. Pruett credited the clip itself to Benito Santos, who handles public relations for Kanaan.

You can check it out at the top. Remember, NBCSN will be part of the Month of May with Indianapolis 500 Carb Day coverage on May 23rd starting at 11 a.m. ET.

We presume that Miller will have dried out by then.

Iowa flashback: IndyCar’s first grid run with Miller, Wheldon in 2011

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Two years ago, IndyCar tried something at the Iowa Speedway it hadn’t done before: a grid run with Robin Miller and that year’s Indianapolis 500 champion, the late Dan Wheldon.

Versus, the previous iteration of the NBC Sports Network, had brought in Wheldon at Texas and Iowa to provide expert analysis since his only drive to that point was at Indianapolis. Wheldon had starred in the booth at Texas and came down to pit road at Iowa to help cover the field with Miller.

It was a surprising but great moment that IndyCar fans cherished (watch this video courtesy of IndyCar’s Twitter “link master” Matt Archuleta, better known as @Indy44). Miller’s “Grid runs” have now become a regular part of the NBCSN IndyCar broadcasts – last week at Milwaukee, he and NBC Formula One pit reporter Will Buxton had the opportunity to do one together.

Defending series champion and Iowa race winner Ryan Hunter-Reay remembers this moment with Wheldon for another reason: it was the weekend he’d forgot his wallet at dinner.

“I didn’t realize I had no money until we were about to get up and leave,” Hunter-Reay told the Des Moines Register, reflecting on that evening at a Mexican restaurant. “(Wife) Beccy didn’t have anything, either. The only other people in the restaurant at the time were Dan, Susie and Mickey. I had to crawl over and ask for a loan.”